Ph.D. in Translation Studies

To be considered for acceptance in the Doctoral Program in Translation, the student must complete an application for graduate admission (forms for domestic students are available from Graduate Studies and for international students with the Office of Global Education's International Admissions) and fulfill the entrance requirements (see list of application materials below) in the Doctoral Programs in Translation. 



It is strongly suggested that files be completed by Feb. 1 of each year. Applications for admission to the Doctoral Program are accepted from students who have completed the M.A. in translation, an M.A. in a foreign language, a master's of business administration or a master's in any other discipline with prior experience or training in languages or linguistics. Limitations of staff and space require that admission be restricted to the most promising applicants.



  • Submissions: Kent State University, Attn:  Research and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions, PO Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242


Note: forms for domestic students are available from Graduate Studies and for international students from the Office of Global Education.

Application Materials

In addition to submitting the regular application materials, official transcripts, and application fee required by university admission procedures, departmental requirements include:

  • A 3.0 or higher grade point average in all undergraduate work and a score of 3.5 or higher in graduate work
  • A score of 600 or better (or 100 internet-based) on the TOEFL examination or a Band of 7 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Three favorable recommendations from former professors or former employers and professional colleagues (for students with prior work experience)
  • A statement of goals and motivations for pursuing a career in translation studies
  • A sample (7-10 pages) from a research essay dealing with any aspect of translation or language; or a prospectus for a language informatics or translation studies project
  • Applicants to the translation studies specialization must present proof of a graduate degree from a professional translation program, or proof of translation ability including one or more of the following: a translation portfolio, official or certifiable record of professional work experience, or professional accreditation credential.
  • The Ph.D. program is normally open only to qualified individuals who can enroll as full-time students. Students meeting all other requirements for entry into the doctoral program may be permitted to enroll on a part-time basis as long as registration is limited to formal courses and seminars. Registration for "Research" and "Dissertation" is permitted only of full-time doctoral candidates.

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